Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekend Book Reviews

It may be winter here but 100 Plants to Feed the Bees by The Xerces Society is the perfect book for anyone dreaming of spring gardens.  The color photographs are wonderful.  Each plant is featured in several photographs with a description and map showing where the plant grows.  Also included are lists of the flower visitors and uses for each.  This book is a valuable reference for anyone who wishes to attract not only bees but wasps, butterflies, and hummingbirds to the garden.  With 100 plants there is something for every garden!

Skeleton Keys:  Workplace Hauntings by John Klaan is a book of ten ghost stories related to people's workplaces.  The stories were creepy but will not keep you up at night.  They were retold well by the author.  The black and white photographs added to the book.  If you are interested in ghost stories, this is a good one to read.  They ghostly encounters are shared with seriousness rather than being silly.

Philip Gulley's A Gathering in Hope is book three in a series about a Quaker pastor in a town called Hope.  I have not read any of the prior books.  This particular book had a few good points, but those were far outweighed by the bad.  I felt that the book was targeted toward Christian readers even though it is listed in the humor category.  Many things in the book go against Biblical teachings and even basic human decency.  I was disgusted by the animal cruelty in particular.  I had hoped this would be a fun new series for me to read, but I want nothing more to do with it.

disclosure:  I received these e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own.

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